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May 2015 Archives

New Mexico patients and the benefits of pre-surgery education

New Mexico patients may find interest in a Gallup research survey with a focus on pre-surgery education. The survey assessed whether patients felt they were informed by their doctors as to what to expect after their procedure, from medication to rehabilitation. Patients were asked to rate their level of agreement with three statements, including that they knew what to expect after surgery, were prepared for their post-surgery experience, and followed post-surgery instructions.

Study associates concussions with memory loss

New Mexico football fans may be interested to learn that a study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that former professional players are at risk for brain atrophy as they age if they suffered a concussion during their career. Ultimately, those who have a history of concussions that left them unconscious for a short period of time suffered from impaired memory performance.

Jury awards $10 million to woman for cancer misdiganosis

People in New Mexico may be interested to learn about the outcome of a medical malpractice case involving a Maine woman. She had cervical cancer, a diagnosis that was missed due to a lab technician's failure to read her results correctly as far back as 2009.

Hospital care can often present hidden agendas

Nurses are often considered by many patients to be of lesser value and skill than doctors. However, in hospitals across New Mexico, nurses are more likely to know what really goes on in the facility when no one else is looking.

Brain-damaged patient and wife receive $31.5 million award

People in New Mexico may be interested to learn about a recent case that occurred in Rhode Island in which a hospital was ordered to pay a man and his wife $25.6 million plus an additional $5.9 million in interest, bringing the total medical malpractice award to $31.5 million. The case alleged that the hospital was negligent in the care provided to the man, who suffered permanently disabling brain damage as a result.

Concussion-like symptoms exist in those without concussions

People in New Mexico who have experienced symptoms of a concussion may not actually have suffered brain injuries, according to new research. A study that was published by researchers from McMaster University in the medical journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity found that people experience post-concussion type symptoms even when they have no visible brain injury.

Computerized systems to reduce medication errors on the rise

Patients entering hospitals in New Mexico might benefit from the rising use of computerized physician order entry systems designed to reduce medication errors. A report from the Leapfrog Group that assesses medication software found that 1,339 hospitals had added the systems in 2014 compared to only 384 in 2010. Among hospitals that had added the system, 59 percent of them used it to assign medication to at least 75 percent of patients.

Understanding more about electronic medical records

New Mexico residents may benefit from learning more about how the integrity of electronic medical records has proven to be a significant factor in many malpractice cases. Physicians and hospitals in the United States typically face over 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits every year. These cases may award the plaintiffs damages as high as anywhere from $1 million to $30 million for the ensuing injuries.

Women with concussions may recover more slowly

New Mexico residents may be unaware that a new study suggests that women may recover more slowly from concussions than men do. A doctor in Taiwan noticed she was getting more women patients than men in her office following concussions and wondered whether women suffered more complications after such injuries.

Understanding healthcare risks

New Mexico residents may be interested in learning more about some of the inherent risks that still exist in healthcare facilities across the country. Approximately 200,000 patients in the United States die from preventable medical errors every year. Communication failures among healthcare staff is typically the primary factor that attributed to the prevalence of these costly mistakes. A 2005 study revealed that substantial risks frequently transpire due to poor communication between medical professionals.

Understanding TBI and brain abnormalities

New Mexico residents may be interested in some information concerning the brain abnormalities associated with traumatic brain injuries. A new study has discovered that people suffering from mild TBI who experience of loss of consciousness exhibit structural abnormalities in the brain's white matter. These particular abnormalities typically go undetected when using the standard CT scan techniques on mild TBI patients. The researchers were able to uncover the abnormalities but utilizing Diffusion Tensor Imaging.

Medical malpractice and brain damage

While individuals who seek treatment at hospitals and other health care facilities in New Mexico might always expect to receive the accepted standard of care from medical professionals, errors resulting in catastrophic injuries can sometimes occur. Permanent brain damage is a serious, life-altering injury that can affect patients of all ages when medical personnel make mistakes.